Martinez, Santana & Adam – Large Long Neck Water Jar with Avanyu and Mountains (1970s)
WOW! This is a stunning large long neck water jar by Santana and Adam Martinez. It is one of their classic shapes with a round shoulder and elongated neck. Adam was the youngest son of Maria Martinez, and Santana (his wife) painted Maria’s pottery in the 1940-50s. The entire surface of this jar is fully polished. The design was then painted around the shoulder of the jar. Santana painted the water serpent with her signature elongated horn. The neck of the jar has a triangular mountain pattern. The painting on this piece perfectly matches the shape of the vessel. The jar was fired to a glassy, near-gunmetal coloration. The high shine accentuates the shape and design. It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Santana + Adam”. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair. Definitely a classic piece!